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Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

In this Step the chest bottom, front and back are created. Use the Line or Rectangle Tool to create an edge face for the Bottom. Double click on the rectangle, then right click, and choose Make...

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Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

This is the second step in creating the model of the Small Six-board Chest. I've shown below the final result after about 10 steps. Step 2  the image below shows the scanned image in SketchUp...

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Small Six-board Chest in Steps

Small Six-board Chest in Steps

In the next several weeks, in a sequence of Steps, I will show a process in SketchUp for making a Period piece of furniture. See Figure 1. I've selected a Small Six-Board Chest found in a book by...

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The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

This is an 18th C. Music Stand that was made in Williamsburg, VA in about 1760. This was one of the furniture pieces being re-constructed and shown in this year's Working Wood in the 18th C. It's a...

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Planning Efficient Lumber Use

Planning Efficient Lumber Use

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Our woodworking group will be making multiple Adirondack Chairs for a Summer Camp dedicated to children with cancer. For a successful project,we will need a detailed and coomprehensive design of the...

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A Design Process for a Street Library Box

A Design Process for a Street Library Box

There are numerous methods of design, as each woodworker develops a unique and successful way of creating a project. Many woodworkers start with rough hand sketching that proceeds to detail...

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A Fluted Column - Music Stand

A Fluted Column - Music Stand

I mentioned in my last blog that the fluting of the tapered column was a challenge, and I went through several scenarios before finding a method that works. Not that this is the only method - I am...

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A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

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Again this year, I attended the annual Working Wood in the 18th C conference. One of the pieces demonstrated this year, was a Williamsburg Music Stand 1750-1765. Bill Pavlak was the featured...

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Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Again this year I attended the annual Williamsburg program, Working Wood in the 18th C. It is always an inspiring event for me. I return home with new ideas and motivation for new projects. I also...

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Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Our local woodworking club will be making more Adirondacks for an outdoor camp in the Sierra foothills dedicated to families affected by childhood cancer. There is a large redwood clubhouse on the...

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A Catapult - A School Science Project

A Catapult - A School Science Project

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My granddaughter is in Middle School and it is that time of year for science projects. One popular engineering project is a Catapult. So we've been working together to create a model catapult. Here...

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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

A Mortise & Tenon Exercise

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The Mortise & Tenon joint is probably used more than any other in woodwork, and there are a great number of varieties. Perhaps the most commonest application of the joint is in making door and other...

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Modeling to Install a Box Lock

Modeling to Install a Box Lock

I find installations of key or box locks to be significant challenges. Locks seem to require a degree of accuracy of installation beyond normal work in the shop. Multiple recesses and holes are...

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Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

Showing Grain Direction without Spoiling the Drawing

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I'm currently working this Small New England Six-board Chest for school. Grain direction is somewhat tricky in this rather simple piece. For example, if the grain direction in the End components is...

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A Kissing Gate at Hadrians Wall

A "Kissing Gate" at Hadrian's Wall

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We just returned from a hiking trip along Hadrian's Wall in England at the border of Scotland. This is a stone wall built long ago during the reign of the Romans. We only did about 25 miles of the...

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Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

Furniture Drawing Styles - Old vs. New

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I'm continually interested in furniture drawing styles. I admire many of the older styles (pre-computer) for their beauty and efficiency. It's hard to imagine how they were able to get so much...

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Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

Turned Cylinder or Paper Towel Roll?

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I rarely use Materials and Textures in my SketchUp files. While these are critical features for many SketchUp users, I'm not so motivated to make the hardware and wood look more realistic. Im...

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